1 Thessalonians 5:18 - Building Gratitude Avoids Becoming Bitter.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NIV) Give thanks in 
all circumstances, for this is God's will for 
you in Christ Jesus. 


"In everything give thanks: for this is the 
will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you." I 
Thessalonians 5:18. This command is an assurance that even 
the things which appear to be against us will 
work for our good. God would not bid us be 
thankful for that which would do us harm. MH255 


   When Youre Going Through A Season Of 
Great Change And Stress, How Do You Maintain Joy? 
   You Do It By Developing The Habit Of 
Thanking God For All Thats Good, Despite All 
Thats Bad. 
   This principle is found in 1 
Thessalonians 5:18: "Be thankful in all circumstances, for 
this is Gods will for you who belong to Christ 
Jesus (NLT). This means that we should develop an 
attitude of gratitude in every situation. It doesn't 
mean that we have to be thankful for everything 
that happens to us, especially the bad things 
like cancer or car accidents. We dont have to 
be thankful for all the evil in the world. 
   But Every Time You Take A Minute To 
Express Gratitude To God About Anything - It Could 
Be Your Favorite Music, Nature Spot, Or 
Scripture - It Helps Refill Your Empty Emotional Tank 
So You Can Move Forward In Life. Choosing To Be 
Thankful Is For Your Own Good; It Keeps You From 
Getting Bitter And Helps You Make It To The Finish 
   Being grateful is easy when your 
emotional tank is full and things are going great in 
your life. Its much harder to find something 
to be thankful for when you're facing a crisis 
or prolonged chronic stress. But thats when 
you need to express gratitude the most. 
   The story of Job is a great example of 
gratitude during hard times. He was a wealthy and 
successful man, but he lost everything in a single day. 
He didn't know why everything happened to him, 
and he had every reason to be angry and bitter. 
Despite this, he gratefully worshipped God. Even in 
his darkest moment, he fell to the ground and 
worshipped God, saying, "May the name of the LORD be 
praised (Job 1:21 NIV). 
   One of the most practical yet powerful 
habits you can develop is to make a daily gratitude 
list. Just sit down for five minutes each day and 
ask yourself, "What am I grateful for? Its 
a habit that will strengthen your soul and 
keep you going when you feel like giving up. 
   Even in our darkest moments, we can 
follow Job's example and gratefully worship God, 
knowing that his will for us is to give thanks in 
all circumstances. [Daily Devotional by Rick 
Warren: https://pastorrick.com/devotional/] 


   Nothing tends more to promote health of 
body and of soul than does a spirit of gratitude 
and praise. It is a positive duty to resist 
melancholy, discontented thoughts and feelings - as much 
a duty as it is to pray. If we are 
heaven-bound, how can we go as a band of mourners, 
groaning and complaining all along the way to our 
Father's house? 
   Those professed Christians who are 
constantly complaining, and who seem to think 
cheerfulness and happiness a sin, have not genuine 
religion. Those who take a mournful pleasure in all 
that is melancholy in the natural world, who 
choose to look upon dead leaves rather than to 
gather the beautiful living flowers, who see no 
beauty in grand mountain heights and in valleys 
clothed with living green, who close their senses to 
the joyful voice which speaks to them in nature, 
and which is sweet and musical to the listening 
ear - these are not in Christ. They are 
gathering to themselves gloom and darkness, when they 
might have brightness, even the Sun of 
Righteousness arising in their hearts with healing in His 
beams. MH251 


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